Judith Bingham's Organ Music is featured on a brilliant new CD released by Naxos, performed by Tom Winpenny. The disc includes a recording of Bingham's recent organ concerto Jacob's Ladder. Bingham has written extensively for the instrument and is much admired by organists. Her most recent work for organ, The Everlasting Crown, was premiered to great acclaim at the BBC Proms this Summer.
Argentinian film maker Gastón Solnicki’s 2008 documentary on Mauricio Kagel, süden, will be released on DVD this autumn. It follows the composer’s return to his native Argentina, after an absence of 30 years, in order to attend and direct a festival of his works in Buenos Aires celebrating his 75th birthday. The focus of the film is his work with Ensemble Süden, a group of young musicians formed in 2003 with the express aim of giving the Argentinian premiere of Kagel’s Die Stücke der Windrose, and whose enthusiasm for Kagel’s works and contemporary music in general provides an uplifting view of contemporary Argentinian culture.
Anders Hillborg and Sebastian Fagerlund have both had CDs of their works released on the BIS label: 'Eleven Gates' includes four works by Hillborg (King Tide, Exquisite Corpse, Dreaming River, and Eleven Gates) performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sakari Oramo and Alan Gilbert; and 'Isola' features Fagerlund’s Clarinet Concerto (featuring soloist Christoffer Sundqvist), Partita for Percussion and String Orchestra, and Isola performed by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dima Slobodeniouk.
Arnold Schoenberg’sBegleitungsmusik zu eine Lichtspielszene has been recorded by the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle and released by EMI Classics, and has been described as ‘superbly played by the Berlin Phil, with Rattle encapsulating perfectly its concentrated drama’ in the Guardian.
Mode Records has released a a special two-disc DVD set chronicling Roger Reynolds’s innovative project for percussion ensemble, Sanctuary. Originally premiered in 2007, Sanctuary is a three-movement piece written for Steven Schick and red fish blue fish that embraces the theatricality of percussion performance. In addition to performances of Sanctuary the discs also contain a documentary on the composer entitled 'Finding Sanctuary'.
Works for Piano, Prepared Piano and Toy Piano
February Pieces for Piano and Octet '61 for Jasper Johns